Have fun with giving

You can even make it a family contest of how savvy a giver you are

In response to the comments made by Mr. Rolf Guenther regarding the year round need for food bank donations (The News, Dec. 16) it’s easier than people think!

There is need all around us and in creating a spirit of giving-daily giving, we nourish our own souls, teach our children valuable lessons and stand hand in hand with our neighbours.

I commend individuals who give at Christmas time, and I encourage them to continue year-round!!

Here are some simple ways to donate:

• Take advantage of BOGO (buy one get one free) and instead of getting one, give one. Give your free item to the food bank.

• Collect store points. When you find yourself with $15 or $20 off your next order, have fun buying needed food bank items that are on sale. It’s fun for the kids. Make it a family challenge. “How many items can we donate with our $20 this time?”

•  When you return your bottles and cans for a refund, use the proceeds or part proceeds for food bank items.

•  Have a giving party.  The next time your child is having a birthday party, encourage each child invited to bring $5 or $10 instead of a gift. Hit the grocery store, divide into two teams and see how many items you can get in 10 minutes!! Then swing by the bakery, grab a free cookie to go and head to drop off your food donations.  It’s not a traditional party, but the kids feel so good when they are directly involved in acts of service!

There exist a multitude of creative ways to give. Look for opportunities and open your heart!

Withanie Lemke


Qualicum Beach



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